Further updates on loadshedding

23 May 2023

Dear colleagues and students

Loadshedding remains not only an unfortunate daily reality and an unprecedented national crisis, but it also continues to be a huge inconvenience and impediment for students and staff alike. The University of Cape Town (UCT) management recognises and acknowledges this unfortunate impact on university operations.

UCT recently provided an update on the work that has been undertaken to minimise power supply disruptions, in particular the escalation to stage 6, as well as measures currently in place.

The university undertook then to circulate more detailed communication relating to loadshedding and its impact on the UCT community, and the response thereof – both by the leadership of the university and by staff and students who have the shared responsibility of helping to respond to and manage this impact.

In this follow-up communication, the university shares a comprehensive document providing an update on, among others:

  • back-up power generation capacity at UCT
  • centrally bookable venues
  • ICT services available during load shedding
  • UCT Libraries services
  • teaching and learning
  • residences

The document also shares tips on energy saving and provides loadshedding recommendations by UCT’s Properties and Services Department which could be considered by departments, including portable options, stand-alone plug-in inverters and standard power banks.

As the university continues grappling with challenges posed by loadshedding, management acknowledges the forbearance by students and staff in responding to this national crisis. The university leadership will continue sharing updates as and when necessary regarding UCT’s response to loadshedding.


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